The Great Dictator
The assumption that American movies were immediately driven out of the German market after the Nazi regime took over is false.
In fact, around 250 American productions screened in Germany between 1933-1940 and people lined up to see the latest Hollywood exports in cinemas around Ku’Damm.
To experience what Hitler himself watched for fun on a near-daily basis and what his head of propaganda office viewed as reference material, check out the retrospective Was Volk Und Führer Leibten at the Zeughauskino.
From the Oscar-winning romantic comedy It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable (1934), the Marlene Dietrich/Gary Cooper-star vehicle Desire (1936), the Laurel and Hardy comedy Way Out West (1937), to Charles Chaplin’s classic satire The Great Dictator (1940), the programme reconstructs the American cinematic offerings during a time of extraordinary circumstances and presents them alongside contemporary newsreels, documentaries and commercials.
Dates and screening schedules can be found at www.dhm.de/zeughauskino.
WAS VOLK UND FÜHRER LIEBTEN, Jul 1-Aug 11 | Zeughauskino im Deutschen Historischen Museum, Unter den Linden 2, Mitte, U-Bhf Hausvogteiplatz
Originally published in issue #140, July/August 2015.